Benton County had Oregon’s lowest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate at 3.2 percent in August 2019. Other counties with some of the lowest unemployment rates in August included Hood River (3.4%), Washington (3.4%), and Multnomah (3.5%). Six counties had unemployment rates at or below the national rate of 3.7 percent. Nine of Oregon’s counties had unemployment rates below the statewide rate ofRead More
According to the 2017 Agricultural Census, Oregon’s farm acreage totaled about 16 million in 2017, with 37,616 farms and 67,595 producers. The age of an Oregon principal farm producer averaged 58.9 years in 2017. Wheeler County’s farm producers led the state, averaging 63.7 years of age, while Harney County’s represented the youngest, at 55.6 on average. By age group, producers ages 55 to 64 ledRead More
Tech Support for Community After years of running the “corporate rat-race” down in the San Francisco Bay area, Scott Christopherson was ready for a change of pace. A visit to Southern Oregon to see a friend became a pivotal moment in Scott’s future; he decided to quit his corporate job and move his family north. […]Read More
SOREDI is pleased to announce it will again host the Manufacturing Summit at the Table Rock Campus of Rogue Community College in White City on Friday, September 27. Registration begins at 7:30 am, with the program beginning at 8 am. The program will conclude by 2 pm, when RCC will conduct an optional tour of […]Read More
Bear Creek, which starts at the merging of Emigrant and Neil Creeks, and ends at the base of the Lower Table Rock, runs through the center of the Rogue Valley and was first known by Native American Tribes as Si-ku-pat, meaning ‘dirty water.’ The creek received its English name in 1851 after a group of […]Read More
SOREDI is thrilled to report it has topped a significant milestone in its 32-year history as the region’s economic development agency, surpassing $20 million lent to expanding businesses in Southern Oregon via its Business Development Loan Fund. Since its inception SOREDI’s loan portfolio has now generated 243 loans totaling more than $20 million lent and […]Read More
There is a quiet and gentle giant thoughtfully working on behalf of SOREDI – but for the benefit of Southern Oregon businesses – hanging out most days in our northeast corner office with a clear view of the park. His name is Yogi. He responds heartily to lunch opportunities and loves a good doughnut. With […]Read More
Oregon’s unemployment rate was 4.0 percent in August, the same as in June and July. The U.S. unemployment rate was 3.7 percent during each of the most recent three months of June, July, and August.
Oregon’s unemployment rate has been between 4.0 percent and 4.4 percent for 34 consecutive months dating back to November 2016. This sustained stretch of low unemployment is unprecedented inRead More
Not interested in going to college? Do you like learning in a hands-on environment while earning money at the same time? An apprenticeship might be a great training opportunity for you.
But how do you decide which apprenticeship program to pursue? Some things to consider when you are contemplating career choices are whether there will likely be job openings available once you complete yourRead More